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Types of Childcare

Deciding on the type of childcare that you need can be a confusing process for parents. Do you need a Nanny, Babysitter, Au Pair, Mother's Help or Childminder? Do you want them to Live In or Out? Do you need an Ofsted registered professional? We have many types of childcare on Findababysitter.com but if you like many parents have no idea where to start take a look at our guide before you search and find the perfect childcare professional to meet your needs.

Live-in Nanny - Live-out Nanny - Au pair - Afterschool Nanny - Part-time Nanny - Nanny Housekeeper - Mother's Help - Babysitter - Childminder - Maternity Nurse

Type of Childcare Description Cost (UK Average)* Advantages Things to Consider
*Costs are from Childcare Cost Tracker
**If your nanny earns more than £107 p/wk you will need to register as an employer. If she or he earns more than £144 p/wk net, you will need to pay National Insurance contributions. At Findababysitter.com, we can arrange this for you. Find out more about Nanny Tax.
Live-in Nanny A full-time nanny's duties include all things related to the children, from cooking meals and doing the children's washing to helping with homework, from potty training to organising play dates and managing bath time and bedtime. They may also do some light housework if they are willing. £309 p/wk
  • A nanny means a child has full-attention, unlike in nurseries.
  • Nannies can be flexible with their working hours, can babysit, and can still take care of a child if they are sick.
  • As an employer, you may need to pay Nanny tax and National Insurance**.
  • Some people find it stressful having a nanny living with them so may prefer a live-out nanny.
  • A nanny salary can be high, but if you share a nanny the costs may be less than a nursery and the benefits far greater! At Findababysitter.com, we can connect you with other families looking to share a nanny in your local area.
Live-out Nanny A full-time nanny's duties include all things related to the children, from cooking meals and doing the children's washing to helping with homework, from potty training to organising play dates and managing bath time and bedtime. They may also do some light housework if they are willing. £8.73 p/h
  • A nanny means a child has full-attention, unlike in nurseries.
  • Nannies can be flexible with their working hours, can babysit, and can still take care of a child if they are sick.
  • As an employer, you may need to pay Nanny tax and National Insurance**.
  • Some people find it stressful having a nanny living with them so may prefer a live-out nanny.
  • A nanny salary can be high, but if you share a nanny the costs may be less than a nursery and the benefits far greater! At Findababysitter.com, we can connect you with other families looking to share a nanny in your local area.
Au pair Au pairs work for families helping with the children and light housework in exchange for accommodation and the chance to learn English. Generally, they work 25 hours per week and must have two free days each week. £98 p/wk
  • Au pairs are less expensive than nannies but children still have their full attention.
  • They can teach your child about their language and culture.
  • They can be flexible with working hours, can babysit and can still take care of a child if they are sick.
  • Au pairs generally work part time and need time to go to language school.
  • They may not stay for as long as a nanny as they may have to return to studies.
  • Some people find it stressful having someone live with them.
  • They may have fewer qualifications than a nanny.
Afterschool Nanny An afterschool nanny typically cares for children aged five years and over, although they are qualified to care for children of any age. They typically work between 3-5 hours per day. Duties may include preparing meals, helping with homework, educational activities such as teaching a second language, arranging playdates and planning extra-curricular activities. £8.52 p/h
  • An afterschool nanny is less expensive than hiring a full-time nanny.
  • They can cater to your child's needs and your child benefits from their full attention.
  • Afterschool nannies are very popular.
  • They often study part-time or are on student visas, which means they may limited to only working 10 hours per week.
Part-time Nanny A part-time nanny is ideal for parents returning to work part-time. They can work mornings, afternoons or all day for 10 to 12 hours. Duties include the care of the children, helping with homework, perhaps light housework if there is time, organizing playdates, school collection, bath time and bedtime. £8.18 p/h
  • A part-time nanny is less expensive than hiring a full-time nanny.
  • They can cater to your child's needs and your child benefits from their full attention.
  • Part-time nannies are very popular.
  • They may take two or three part-time positions on different days. It's preferable to offer consecutive or flexible days to ensure more part-time nannies will be interested in the position.
Nanny Housekeeper Most normal nanny positions only require a nanny to do 'nursery duties', which is all things pertaining to the children, not general household chores. Nanny Housekeepers however can be hired to do both childcare and household duties. The job can be either live-in or live-out. £7.84 p/h
  • This position works best if you have older children at school, as the nanny housekeeper can combine looking after the children with shopping, cooking and light housework.
  • As an employer, you may need to pay Nanny tax and National Insurance**.
  • The more household tasks you require of your nanny, the less time they can spend looking after your children.
Mother's Help A mother's help can be live-in or live-out and works the same sort of hours as a nanny. A mother's help normally works alongside the mother as they do not have enough experience to be left in constant sole charge of children. They are not a cleaner, and so are not expected to do household duties, but they will do 'nursery duties' i.e. doing the children's washing and ironing, keeping their rooms tidy, clearing away the toys, cooking for the children and clearing up in the kitchen afterwards. £7.50 p/h
  • They provide an extra pair of hands for busy parents, which can be especially helpful for families with many young children.
  • They are not as experienced as nannies.
Babysitter A babysitter looks after children on an ad hoc basis for shorter periods of time. They can look after your children at any time of day. £7.09 p/h
  • Working hours are flexible as they are employed as and when you need them.
  • Having the same babysitter can provide reassuring familiarity for your children.
  • They may have less experience of looking after children and are unlikely to be as qualified as a nanny.
Childminder A childminder looks after children in their own home. They tend to have their own children, and look after other people's children as well. Childminders are self-employed and negotiate a fee with parents for the service they provide. £6.39 p/h
  • You get to speak to the person who has looked after your child all day; there is a small child-to-carer ratio; children are often taken on regular outings; and children also enjoy and benefit from the home environment.
  • Childminders are regulated by Ofsted.
  • Holidays may not always fit with the parents' holiday times.
  • There is less flexibility, e.g. there may be fines for collecting your children late.
  • If your child is sick, they may not be allowed to go to the childminders to avoid making the other children ill.
Maternity Nurse A Maternity nurse is normally employed 24-hours, five to seven days per week, for a period of 1-12 weeks following the birth of your family's baby. They assist the mother in putting the baby into a sleep routine. Where needed, they will assist in nursing. A maternity nurse may bottle feed a baby if you wish. They may also look after older children to allow the mother more time with a new baby. Maternity nurses usually earn between £600 to £1200 net per week, depending on experience and the number of days and hours required.
  • You will be able to relax and recover knowing you have the support and guidance around the clock.
  • Some people are uncomfortable with having a stranger in their home caring for their baby. Maternity Nurses are used to this and will not take over your space. They will respect your privacy and give you the space you need.